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Poster: nwgj Date: Oct 17, 2012 4:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wah pedal on Keith's acoustic piano

Yes, but it's not the piano mic. Keith's piano had been fitted with a pickup, which apparently caused it's fair share of tech problems. The Fender Rhodes first appeared in May 73; not sure of the date, though. You can certainly hear it chiming out loud and clear on 5/26/73!

Keith's wahwah pedal is all over fall '72. It shows up in most Dark Stars and Other Ones (9/15 is a monster Keith-heavy Other One), and I wonder if a lot of folks don't mistake Keith's wah-heavy playing for Jerry. Keith was still using it in spring 73 shows -- the 3/31/73 Other One comes to mind.

This post was modified by nwgj on 2012-10-17 23:57:11

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Poster: drspark61 Date: Oct 18, 2012 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wah pedal on Keith's acoustic piano

Thanks for the background info and for the show recommendations from you and everyone else.

I can see where a pickup in the piano would have been problematic, not to mention a total nightmare with the Wall of Sound configuration.

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Poster: nwgj Date: Oct 18, 2012 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wah pedal on Keith's acoustic piano

I think it was a pretty persistent problem for them: you can hear it on the 7/18/72 sbd, which is marred by the noise coming from the piano pickup. My guess is that those July shows were when they first hooked it up -- I can't think of any Europe 72 or fall 71 shows where you can hear any piano wah.

The 12/11/72 Dark Star is another pretty deadly example: I think a lot of the skrunk you hear the post-verse craziness is actually Keith scraping his piano strings while working the wah pedal. 11/13/72 is another DS with some really nice wah effect on the piano.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Oct 18, 2012 6:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wah pedal on Keith's acoustic piano

11/17 TOO is a fine example of exactly what you are talking about as well. Amongst the very best ones out there imo - and Kieth-wah definately plays a huge part in that..

http://archive.org/details/gd72-11-17.sbd.warner.15982.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: wineland Date: Oct 18, 2012 2:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Wah pedal on Keith's acoustic piano

5/26/73 Set 3 is one of my all time favorites to listen to, very likely my deserted island disc. The energy in Eyes gets me everytime. Love how Weir knows they are killing it when he exclaims "Yeah!" at around 1:30 into Eyes. I've wondered if that was pure excitement or a signal to kick off the jam. I like to think he was caught up in the moment.

http://archive.org/details/gd1973-05-26.sbd.miller.patched.83535.flac16